- Published on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 14:02
For the first time SCND took part in the Wickerman Festival. We were delighted to welcome thousands of people at the stall. The support received from the participants was incredible.
With temperatures topping 29°C, people queued to get our transferable tattoos. We collected hundreds of signatures, we had more than 100 participants to the Painting Competition and we received generous donations. Thanks for stopping by. Please check our photo gallery here.
- Published on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 10:00
- Published on Friday, 11 July 2014 08:14
A convoy of more than 20 military vehicles drove through the centre of Glasgow on the M74 shortly after midnight last night. The convoy included four special lorries which transport Trident nuclear bombs. The convoy was stopped for one hour near Loch Lomond by protestors from Faslane Peace Camp. One climbed on top of a nuclear transporter. Four peace campers were arrested.
Scottish CND coordinator, John Ainslie, followed the convoy as it drove along the M74 from Hamilton, through the South of Glasgow, then over the Erskine Bridge. Mr Ainslie said, "This is an insult to the people of Glasgow and the rest of Scotland. Only 10 weeks before we vote on whether to be independent, the UK Government have sent this massive convoy of Weapons of Mass Destruction through the centre of Scotland's largest city. The convoy was probably carrying six Trident bombs, each one seven times more powerful than the bomb which destroyed Hiroshima in 1945. This should be taken as a clear reminder of why people need to vote Yes - to rid Scotland of these horrific nuclear weapons."
- Published on Monday, 07 July 2014 08:47
70 people attended a packed conference on Saturday entitled ‘World War 1- opposing wars of empire then and now’. The conference heard how the useless carnage of trench warfare a century ago was all about re-dividing the world between the great powers of the day. The Sykes-Picot agreement and the subsequent Versailles Treaty carved up the empires of the defeated nations (largely between Britain and France) and laid the seeds of much of today’s conflict in the Middle East and Asia. The presentations of Kate Hudson and Neil Findlay, among other things, exposed the role of the NATO and the EU in destabilising Ukraine and the US role in undermining democracy in Venezuela. In particular Jenny Clegg showed the importance for the peace movement in understanding the US ‘pivot’ to Asia, the attempts to militarise the Asia-Pacific region and the growing danger of war in the region.
- Published on Thursday, 03 July 2014 08:34
It is encouraging to see that a number of Constituency Labour Parties have raised Trident as a priority issue within the Party's policy making process.
Almost 50 Constituency Parties have submitted an amendment on Trident and 90 per cent of them want to see Trident scrapped. With submissions overwhelmingly in favour of scrapping Trident , it is clear that a large section of the Labour Party wish to get rid of nuclear weapons.
Although Scottish CND as an organisation supports the Yes Campaign we continue to lobby all political parties on the issue of scrapping Trident. It is encouraging therefore to hear that a significant number of people are clearly continuing to argue the case for Scrapping Trident within the Labour Party.
- Published on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 08:21
Scottish CND has criticised the Trident Commission for supporting Britain's continued possession of nuclear weapons.
John Ainslie, Coordinator of Scottish CND, said
"Malcolm Rifkind, Des Browne and Menzies Campbell are stuck in the past. The future is in the hands of the people of Scotland. We can vote Yes and kick out these indiscriminate Weapons of Mass Destruction".
The commission report is at: http://www.basicint.org/tridentcommission/
- Published on Thursday, 19 June 2014 10:22
The "fascinating dichotomy" on the issue of Trident is really very simple.
People in Scotland were asked a different question from those in the rest of the UK. In Scotland the question was "If Scotland becomes independent, Britain's nuclear submarines should continue to be based here".